United States presidential elections in Utah

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Utah, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1896, Utah has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 515,231 45.05 Hillary Clinton 310,676 27.17 - 6
2012 Barack Obama 251,813 24.75 Mitt Romney 740,600 72.79 - 6
2008 Barack Obama 327,670 34.41 John McCain 596,030 62.58 - 5
2004 George W. Bush 663,742 71.54 John Kerry 241,199 26.00 - 5
2000 George W. Bush 515,096 66.83 Al Gore 203,053 26.34 - 5
1996 Bill Clinton 221,633 33.30 Bob Dole 361,911 54.37 Ross Perot 66,461 9.98 5
1992 Bill Clinton 183,429 24.65 George H. W. Bush 322,632 43.36 Ross Perot 203,400 27.34 5
1988 George H. W. Bush 428,442 66.22 Michael Dukakis 207,343 32.05 - 5
1984 Ronald Reagan 469,105 74.50 Walter Mondale 155,369 24.68 - 5
1980 Ronald Reagan 439,687 72.77 Jimmy Carter 124,266 20.57 John B. Anderson 30,284 5.01 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 182,110 33.65 Gerald Ford 337,908 62.44 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 323,643 67.64 George McGovern 126,284 26.39 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 238,728 56.49 Hubert Humphrey 156,665 37.07 George Wallace 26,906 6.37 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 219,628 54.86 Barry Goldwater 180,682 45.14 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 169,248 45.17 Richard Nixon 205,361 54.81 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 215,631 64.56 Adlai Stevenson II 118,364 35.44 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
- 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 194,190 58.93 Adlai Stevenson II 135,364 41.07 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 149,151 53.98 Thomas E. Dewey 124,402 45.02 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 150,088 60.44 Thomas E. Dewey 97,891 39.42 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 154,277 62.25 Wendell Willkie 93,151 37.59 - 4
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 150,246 69.34 Alf Landon 64,555 29.79 - 4
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 116,750 56.52 Herbert Hoover 84,795 41.05 - 4
1928 Herbert Hoover 94,618 53.58 Al Smith 80,985 45.86 - 4
1924 Calvin Coolidge 77,327 49.26 John W. Davis 47,001 29.94 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 32,662 20.81 4
1920 Warren G. Harding 81,555 55.93 James M. Cox 56,639 38.84 Parley P. Christensen 4,475 3.07 4
1916 Woodrow Wilson 84,145 58.78 Charles E. Hughes 54,137 37.82 - 4
1912 Woodrow Wilson 36,579 32.55 Theodore Roosevelt 24,174 21.51 William H. Taft 42,100 37.46 4
1908 William H. Taft 61,028 56.19 William Jennings Bryan 42,601 39.22 - 3
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 62,446 61.42 Alton B. Parker 33,413 32.86 - 3
1900 William McKinley 47,139 50.58 William Jennings Bryan 45,006 48.3 - 3
1896 William McKinley 13,491 17.27 William Jennings Bryan 64,607 82.7 - 3
Presidential elections in Utah
Map of the United States with Utah highlighted
No. of elections31
Voted Democratic8
Voted Republican23
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate23
Voted for losing candidate8

Notes

  1. ^ For purposes of these lists, other national candidates are defined as those who won at least one electoral vote, or won at least ten percent of the vote in multiple states.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
1896 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1896 United States presidential election in Utah was held on November 3, 1896, and was Utah's first election after statehood at the beginning of the year. Utah voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1900 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1900 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 6, 1900, as part of the presidential election held in each of the forty-five contemporary states. Utah voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1904 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1904 United States presidential election in Utah was held on November 8, 1904, throughout all forty-five contemporary states. Utah voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1936 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1936 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 3, 1936. All contemporary forty-eight states took part in the national election, and Utah voters selected four voters to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1940 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1940 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 5, 1940. All contemporary forty-eight states took part, and Utah voters selected four voters to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah, like every other state west of the Continental Divide, voted for Franklin Roosevelt over Wendell Willkie by a substantial margin. This was the first time any Democrat won the state more than twice. Roosevelt landslided Utah with 62.25 percent of the vote. The percentage, however, wasn’t as large as his 1936 election victory. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Piute County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1944 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1944 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 7, 1944. All contemporary forty-eight states took part, and Utah voters selected four voters to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

The Democratic Party candidate, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, won the state of Utah with 60.44 percent of the popular vote. The Republican Party candidate, Thomas E. Dewey, garnered 39.42 percent of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the following counties voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Washington, Millard, Box Elder, Cache, and Rich.

1948 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1948 United States presidential election in Utah was held on November 2, 1948. Utah voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Democratic Party candidate Harry S. Truman won the state with 53.98% of the popular vote, winning Utah's four electoral votes. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Davis County and Uintah County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1952 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1952 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice-President.Utah was won by Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 58.93 percent of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 41.07 percent of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1956 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 6, 1956, as part of the 1956 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 64.56 percent of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 35.44 percent of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1960 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 54.81% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 45.17% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1964 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 54.86% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 45.14% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time a Democratic presidential candidate has won Utah, as well as Utah County, Weber County, Wasatch County, Duchesne County, Juab County, Morgan County, Beaver County, Wayne County, and Daggett County.

1968 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1968 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by former Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 56.49 percent of the popular vote, against Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D–Minnesota), with 37.07 percent of the popular vote. American Independent Party candidate George Wallace performed decently, finishing with 6.37 percent of the popular vote. By outpolling Humphrey in arch-Republican Kane County, Wallace became the first third-party candidate to finish even second in any non-Southern county since 1936 when William Lemke finished ahead of Alf Landon in the North Dakota counties of Burke, Divide, Mountrail, Towner and Williams.With 56.49% of the popular vote, Utah would prove to be Nixon's third strongest state in the 1968 election after Nebraska and Idaho.

1972 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1972 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah overwhelmingly voted for incumbent President Richard Nixon (R-California) with over 67 percent of the popular vote, beating Democratic South Dakota Senator George McGovern with a margin of over forty percent, carrying every county in the state. Nixon carried every county with over sixty percent of the vote except for Carbon County, which had typically been the most Democratic area of the state. U.S. Representative John G. Schmitz (R-California) of the American Independent Party received 5.97% of the popular vote, and his results in Utah proved to be his third strongest state in the 1972 election after Idaho and Alaska.

1976 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1976 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 2, 1976. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose 4 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Utah was won by incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford over the Democratic nominee, Jimmy Carter. Carter won the election nationally, and despite the election solidifying the state's place within the core of the Republican heartland (which it retains to this day) 1976 stands as the last occasion a Democrat has carried Emery County, where Carter obtained a fifty-four vote plurality. After Nixon’s clean sweep of all twenty-nine counties in 1972, Carter would also win Carbon County with 59.4 percent of the vote, but Ford won absolute majorities in all twenty-seven remaining counties, with his total vote ranging from 50.3 percent in Tooele County to 72.5 percent in Kane County. Reagan was to repeat Nixon’s 1972 clean sweep in both his elections, and no county in Utah except Carbon and Tooele would ever vote against a Republican until 2008.

With 62.44% of the popular vote, Utah would prove to be Ford's strongest victory in the 1976 election.

1980 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1980 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Utah was won by former Governor of California Ronald Reagan, the Republican nominee, who was running against incumbent President and former Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter, the Democratic nominee. Reagan ran with former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, and Carter ran with Walter Mondale, incumbent Vice President and former senator from Minnesota. Reagan won the election nationally by a landslide.

Utah was the most Republican state in the nation. Reagan’s win in Utah during the 1980 election remains the most recent occurrence during a United States presidential election in any state of one candidate receiving a plurality exceeding half the total votes polled. Reagan won Carbon County by a mere three votes, but comfortably beat Carter, who was widely criticized for his inability to understand issues specific to the West (especially water development) everywhere else. Carter’s next best county was Tooele where Reagan obtained 62 percent of the vote; Reagan surpassed three-quarters of the vote in seventeen of twenty-nine counties.

Liberal Republican John B. Anderson ran as a third-party candidate with some success in the Northeast, Western Washington and some college towns; however in conservative, Mormon Utah, Anderson possessed little appeal and could not exceed 9.4 percent of the vote in any county, polling merely three votes in Piute County and only 1.4 percent in Wayne County.

1988 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1988 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 8, 1988. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Utah was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

Utah weighed in for this election as 13% more Republican than the national average.

1996 United States presidential election in Utah

The 1996 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 7, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by Republican nominee Bob Dole by a 21.07 percent margin of victory. This was Dole’s highest margin of victory for any state in the country. Dole also obtained 54.37 percent of the vote in Utah, higher than any other state. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Tooele County and Carbon County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

2000 United States presidential election in Utah

The 2000 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 7, 2000, as part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Utah was won by Texas Governor George W. Bush by a 40.49 percent margin of victory. With 66.83% of the popular vote, the state proved to be Bush's third strongest state in the 2000 election after neighboring Wyoming and Idaho. The state also proved to be Gore's worst performing state.

2020 United States presidential election in Utah

The 2020 United States presidential election in Utah is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Utah voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Utah has 6 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidate. Utah politicians Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney both declined to run against Trump. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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